Thursday, March 12, 2015

Desert Trail Column, March 12, 2015

The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Monday, March 16 at our community center from 11 to noon. The He Provides Ministry will also be there with free clothing and household items.

Darlene’s Commentary:  The desert dune primrose is a most amazing desert plant. When a seed sprouts, it sends down a long woody taproot that grows like a corkscrew. Green shoots send out tendrils that radiate from the plant like octopus arms, then it blooms from the center with beautiful delicate white flowers touched with pink. Each flower blooms, fades and dies within about 24 hours, forming a seedpod cluster at the base of the plant. When the season is over, the plant becomes dormant and the greenery turns pale and papery and blows away from the plant, leaving a dry woody seedpod cluster anchored by the sturdy taproot to keep the plant in place. When the plant grows old and is in its final season, the “arms” become thick and tough and do not disconnect from the plant this time. They then slowly curl UP off the ground and form what looks just like an old-fashionedround birdcage!  Utterly amazing!

Photo from Basin and Range Watch:
Karen’s Commentary:  Dar and I have been completely won over by Celtic Thunder, a musical group from Ireland. This is a pretty amazing thing because we are both old die-hard heavy metal/hard rock/soft rock enthusiasts! We were introduced to this group by an email containing a video of them singing “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir.” From that day on, they have just steadily grown on us, and we now have a ritual we call “inspiration time” of watching a couple of their videos before working on our column each week! They’re so talented and fun to watch, and appeal to all ages, as seen in the diversity of their live audiences. Since we started following them, they have lost three members for various reasons, but the replacements appear to be just as talented and well-liked as the originals. Long live Celtic Thunder!

The Wonder Valley Community Center, located next to the fire station at 80526 ½ Amboy Road, is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to noon, except for food distribution days when it opens at 8. Star Javier is there to assist with questions or concerns regarding our area. You can call her if you prefer at 760-367-9880.

Handy Hint:  After steaming or boiling vegetables, use the leftover water for houseplants – it’s full of vitamins that make houseplants flourish.

Thought for Today:  “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Unknown

Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.